Half of PCTs fail to raise diabetes awareness

Half of all PCTs in England are failing to raise awareness of diabetes amongst the public, Diabetes UK has warned.

A report by the charity found that 53% of PCTs do not have strategies in place to raise awareness of the condition.

The report, Access to Health Services, also showed that one in three PCTs do not have a programme in place for the early identification of type-2 diabetes.

Additionally, 44% of PCTs failed to differentiate between type-1 and type-2 diabetes.

The results were obtained from a questionnaire sent out between September and December 2008 and completed by 80 PCTs.

Douglas Smallwood, chief executive of Diabetes UK, said: ‘PCTs have an important role to play in raising awareness of both type-1 and type-2 diabetes and informing people of how simple lifestyles changes, such as eating a healthy diet and being physically active, can help reduce their risk of developing type-2 diabetes.’

sanjay.tanday@haymarket.com

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